New today: The redemption of Star Wars, lectionary column, the most-read posts on Steve Thorngate's blog in 2015

January 4, 2016

Daily lectionary readings: Psalm 72; Jeremiah 31:7–14John 1:(1-9), 10–18

Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: John Neumann (Catholic calendar), Marko Marulić, Felix Manz, Marcelina Darowska

New today from the Century

Redeeming Star Wars, by Jason Byassee. "What was the point of that movie?" my son asked, without hostility. He knew that what he'd seen was about more than what he'd seen.

Lectionary column for January 17, Second Sunday after Epiphany, by Joyce Shin. From Paul’s letter, we can infer that the Corinthians tended toward the same bias from which many of us suffer: the belief that there is little collective wisdom in the church.

The 15 most-read In the World posts. Here are Steve Thorngate's most-read posts of 2015.

The body of Christ: tough & fragile, by Ruth Everhart. In my career I have served two small churches as solo pastor. Both of them had long histories and many strengths. But both also had serious weaknesses.


In the news

Tiny churches, big hopes: Why some thrive despite the odds

Supreme Court Justice Scalia: Constitution says government can favor religion

In the CCblogs network 

The grit and the glamour, by Laura Kelly Fanucci


Even the Samaritans? By Evan D. Garner

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